Review Date: October 11, 2019 12:25:06
Great fan of the team especially Heidi/Chen whom I met in San Jose at a conference a couple years ago. I like their mission in terms of bringing power back to the content creators and their fans. Their website is quality and they've certainly put a lot of thought into their project. BST, their token, also recently was released and launched at Binance's DEX after a short stint trying to do an IEO. My only qualm about this project is that they are focused on their other business much more than trying to get adoption for their Boosto project. If they had more funding, or was able to raise a full token sale, then they might have been able to expand their team and focus fully on the Boosto vision. Unfortunately that seems to have been tabled for now since the crypto markets are still not as popping as it was a couple years ago.
Review Date: October 02, 2019 15:38:51
Zcash and Monero are the 2 best privacy/anonymity coins in my opinion and every other project in this niche pales in comparison. I know a lot of people criticize Zcash because of their more corporate and public approach to development, governance, etc., but I don't think that's a huge deal imho. Zcash is able to attract the worlds' TOP cryptographers to work on their protocol and broader cryptographic ecosystem. I once dove down the rabbit hole on Twitter and discovered that these cryptographers have their own little world on Twitter full of deeply technical discussions of protocols, techniques, and more. Sure they aren't anonymous like a lot of the developers behind Monero but that doesn't mean their research and engineering aren't just as good (if not better). This project pioneered zk-snarks (a zero knowledge approach to cryptography). This and other related approaches let you verify that blockchain transactions are valid without giving out information like how much was in the transaction. Ethereum is even looking to adopt this tech in its protocol to increase its privacy features (I believe on an optional basis). The only criticism I semi-agree with is about the large (10%) Founder's Reward. This is quite a bit and I understand why it's needed - just preferably it was less or wasn't there at all and could take a purely donation approach like GRIN. Anyways, TLDR: This project is 1 of the 2 best privacy projects out there. Period.
Review Date: October 02, 2019 15:27:04
Review Date: October 01, 2019 13:28:39
Disclosure: I do not own any VET. VeChain is a project that many people in the crypto world used to love a ton (especially on Reddit). But during the bear market there was pointed criticism that came out about "deceptive" marketing tactics, unconfirmed partnerships, and so forth. Personally I'm with BitBoy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdRGtZaZG-U) -- while VeChain may not have been the most professional that they could have been, it's hardly fair to call them an outright scam. They have a really public team (with strong experience and a strong network in Asia), have launched their mainnet and executed their token swaps, and also announced partnerships with large companies around the world like BMW, Walmart China, DNVGL, etc. Personally, I will increase my Track Record rating if and when their partnerships really come to fruition and products are launched and real adoption happens. I realize that takes time and so I will be patient and come back and update this review when that happens. In the meantime the VeChain network is pretty dormant with less than 10k transactions happening daily: https://explore.veforge.com/. They are more like a blockchain for enterprises so I don't get the comparisons to Ethereum which is much more open/decentralized and has a much larger network effect. I think the VeChain Thor would be more accurately compared to platforms like Hyperledger or even the newly launched Hedera Hashgraph in terms of their target use cases and target market.
Review Date: September 30, 2019 20:34:23
Tokoin is a very promising project aimed at targeting SMBs (small & medium businesses) in the South East Asia region (starting in Indonesia). Basically their blockchain platform helps SMBs build up their digital identity and reputation so they can access the credit/financing they need in order to grow their business. I've taken a look at their team and they have solid experience both as technologists and as serial entrepreneurs. They also come from Indonesia so they have close personal proximity to their target market. Their TOKO token is used by various entities around their ecosystem as incentives and it also enables access to data and services. The 4 entities are Buyers, Sellers, Service Providers, and Financial Intermediaries. TOKO basically sits in the middle between all of these parties' interactions. Their coin is/was an IEO on Kucoin. They have an abundance of information that you can find on their site but you can also watch this great review video for more information about Tokoin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zWS9uXx-Hk
Review Date: September 27, 2019 19:24:34
WBTC is a great idea since it enables effectively using Bitcoin in and around the Ethereum ecosystem. That means Dapps, DEXs, exchanges, and wallets can all stick with Ethereum nodes but also draw from the liquidity and demand of Bitcoin. A fully verifiable and transparent process governs the minting, burning, and transfer of these WBTC ERC20 tokens for BTC. This is a community-led project from some of the biggest names in the DeFi space: BitGo, Kyber, Ren, Maker, and many more. They've been in operation since early 2019 and have been running smoothly and getting quite a bit of usage so far in terms of volume (around 600 BTC in custody at time of writing). You can get a lot more information from their website here: https://www.wbtc.network/
Review Date: September 23, 2019 14:27:15
Hashgraph is a project that I have followed since their initial announcement in 2018. They use DAG-technology, much like IOTA/Nano. Specifically they utilize Proof of Stake, gossip about gossip, and other techniques to get super fast transaction speeds (10,000+ TPS) for their network. They are not a "blockchain" per-se. They also have a top notch technical team with people like Leemon Baird and more. 2 major things that make me dock some points about this project though: 1) Their code/tech is patented and closed source. This goes against the ethos of crypto in my opinion. I understand why they chose that route but I'm still not a fan. 2) Their pre-sale investors got a HEAVY discount. That's why the price dumped quite a bit when it hit the open market. I don't recommend anyone buying it until it at least touches the pre-sale price first... This video is a great one to watch for more information about Hedera Hasgraph: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qf0u_tOEe4
Review Date: September 09, 2019 16:34:48
Pi Network caught my eye because it was being shilled quite a bit around my crypto groups that I'm in. I thought it was some other shady referral program/scam at first because of the sheer amount of spam. But after watching this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6zfpjyEt00 and doing some of my own research, I realized that it's not an explicit scam. Instead it's a community-focused project that generates most of it's value from its network of loyal participants. They also utilize simulated "mining" much like Electroneum does. What I don't like is the lack of deep info about all of their teammates (including some of their founders). How they use a lot of misleading advertising about "mining on your phone" and being the "first" to utilize that. Furthermore they have a grand vision of creating a lot of marketplaces and also a robust Dapps platform but right now they don't have much to show, that would make me confident that they can accomplish their ambitious goal. Right now it's just simulated balance for their Pi coin in a database -- not even decentralized nor tradable/usable yet. I personally think there isn't much of a point to this project and for that reason I would personally stay away. Though since they didn't do an ICO and people are just participating for "fun" and for the "free coins" I won't dock them too hard in my review.
Review Date: August 16, 2019 15:21:05
ETC is still stuck on their high and mighty immutability anti-DAO stance. Besides that they seem to have pretty low interest from the community as seen by their subreddit and forum (https://forum.ethereumclassic.org/) activity. They do however still have developers working on it and are planning to execute a new upgrade fork (Atlantis) soon. I guess another benefit(?) of ETC is that they'll always stay Proof of Work and wont tinker with Proof of Stake scalability solutions like Ethereum (ETH) is. Finally, some lead devs are toying around with the idea of changing their name and removing "Ethereum" from it altogether.
Review Date: August 16, 2019 13:23:37
Originally I was skeptical about this project and thought they should have just integrated TRX instead of made a whole separate token with their own token sale (money grab? *sigh*) But beyond that, Tron was able to acquire a widely used product and bake in a new token ecosystem aimed to improve user experience, so I am hopeful about that. Seems like BitTorrent Speed was released a couple months ago and is working (though limited so far). The marketing language says that this new system will greatly increase download speeds but an article written by TorrentFreak said that, while there was noticeable improvements, the speed increase wasn't *that much*. https://torrentfreak.com/magnificent-bittorrent-speed-or-half-baked-magic-beans-190714/ I guess we'll have to wait and see what else they come up with but hopefully this project will be proof that a token-economy will be useful for a product used by the mainstream public.
Review Date: September 09, 2019 15:21:32
So I did some of my own research into this company after I heard about it in some of my crypto communities. I really recommend this video btw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUahsBHO8j4 Anyways, my opinion of KBC or Karatbars in general is that it is full of hype and un-kept promises. Also many regulators around the world have called it a pyramid scheme (which is obviously unsustainable if not for newbies getting roped in). Now the difference between this scheme and a pure Ponzi is that you actually get small gold pieces if you join their system. However, the true value of those gold cards is a very small percentage of your payment. Most of it goes to "the right to recruit people". Anyways I'd just stay far far away. Go buy just gold or real crypto coins. Not something that's trying to be both and make you recruit people to really make money from your investment...
Review Date: August 04, 2019 23:39:52
OK Upstake Token is definitely a sophisticated looking scam. Here's a post on BitcoinTalk outlining why: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5124000.0 But in short, it's a High Yield Investment Program (HYIP). They GUARANTEE the price of their coin increasing hourly (quoted from their site) --- this is a HUGE red flag. Besides that, it includes so much language about "profits" when that's the furthest thing that you can guarantee to an investor in the crypto space (or just in the regular financial space in general). Finally just read this sentence on their site about their Edge product: "UpStake edge is a secure, safe and easy way to invest with a guaranteed return on your crypto investment." --- they paint the Edge as a network investing product (aka basically a Ponzi scheme) They're also connected to a yet to be opened gambling site called Moolah.bet. Finally no public team as well, pretty sure its 100% anonymous and their founders will exit one day.
Review Date: July 12, 2019 11:04:05
Welp, NovaChain completed their exit scam as of a few days ago. Many smaller YouTubers lost a ton of "money" that they were promised in Novachains "trading bot". Please please PLEASE follow your gut. Most trading bots that seem too good to be true, ARE TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. Don't believe people like CryptoPafi below that try to sell you snake oil. Just invest in more legit projects like Bitcoin or Ethereum.
Review Date: July 10, 2019 11:50:14
Yet another privacy focused coin. Fun as a side project for 2 anonymous developers... but is it *really* needed? We already have so many great privacy focused coins in this space --- Monero, Zcash, Grin, etc. These devs should just go work on those ecosystems instead. :)
Review Date: July 10, 2019 11:39:28
Oh come on, I just took a look and why do we need YET another Bitcoin fork? Not to mention this one is Proof of Stake and has a lot of features that other Bitcoin fork / similar privacy coins offer. It looks like an amalgamation of different tech out there - masternodes, PoS, privacy tech, etc. No need for this one, so many other more established coins out there that fill their stated purposes.
Review Date: June 21, 2019 08:56:43
Libra isn't as shady as I originally thought. Here are some reasons why: 1) They are led by an independent association for which Facebook is only 1 member out of eventually 100. 2) They want to move to eventually a permission-less blockchain (though we'll see if that ever happens). 3) They wont be vetting developers so people can build whatever they want on top of the platform. (this may not be a good thing though) 4) Anyone can build wallets and other apps for Libra 5) Financial data will be siloed from Facebook's social media data so they can't use your transactions to target you with ads. That said this is still in the very early stages and Facebook is making a huge industry shattering move which is causing many regulators and also competitors to shake in their boots. So I will rate neutral for now and just wait and see.
Review Date: June 17, 2019 13:05:03
Disclosure: I'm not a lawyer. That said, I read very indepth the SEC's action against KIN's parent company Kik and it looks like they are in a world of hurt. I don't care that Kik was able to spin this favorably from a marketing point of view with their Defend Crypto fund. Point is, they pretty much broke ALL the rules that the SEC outlined... AND went ahead with their token sale even though the SEC pretty much warned them not to. They might screw this up for most of the ICOs that launched in 2017 and early 2018. Though I guess I do like them to stand up to the SEC even though it will most likely result in a losing battle and KIN their token getting wrecked pricewise (it already dropped 30% shortly after the news came out)
Review Date: June 13, 2019 11:21:32
This project was shady from the beginning. People in my group were shilling it to me but after taking a look I immediately decided to stay away. They have big name investor backings but my qualms with this project is with its CEO, Max Wong. They misled the public about being part of Facebook's crypto group when they were an employee at Facebook for a year or so. Also on Max's instagram they are constantly using the crypto riches they got from Bgogo to go travel the world, hit up Vegas, party and what not. Definitely seems like a huge money grab and I hate them for doing it.
Review Date: June 06, 2019 20:24:47
Looks like a legit oil and gas company in Russia. They can use blockchain in their business for their stated reasons -- that's totally fine. But their token is pretty useless - just to get investment pretty much. They can use blockchain in their business without a publicly traded token. This is a money grab unfortunately.
Review Date: May 31, 2019 12:10:47
Definitely do not see any need for this project at all.... dentistry on the blockchain? What a joke! Definitely one of the most laughable projects to come out of the 2017 bull market. At least they are still active on social media and haven't exit scammed even after almost 2 years so I can't give them the shadiest review but still I think this project has no reason to exist and no reason to use their token. Just find a dentist that accepts Bitcoin instead!
Review Date: May 15, 2019 22:54:01
Why is this project getting brigaded and shilled by so many people? Definitely not a professional look especially when their reviews are so devoid of any information. Anyways their supposed goal of saving animals is noble for sure but they don't need their own token for this. They can just raise Bitcoin or what not. This is likely a way for the founders to print their own money. I'll just leave it at that. So.... Brigading + No real Token Utility = STAY AWAY!
Review Date: May 15, 2019 17:36:18
In late April 2019, Bitfinex and Tether's parent company iFinex got "outed" by New York financial regulators for "losing" $750 million of Tether funds in late 2018. At that point, their USDT/Tethers were no longer backed 1-to-1 with US dollars anymore. Many crypto influencers are saying this may cause a "bank run" with everyone trying to withdraw funds from Bitfinex - much like Mt. Gox 2.0. Twitter analyst @Bitfinexed especially has been calling out all the shady stuff regarding Bitfinex for years and this recent event has given him a lot more ammo. Personally I don't care if Tether stays or dies since there are a lot more stablecoin options in the marketplace these days. I'd stay away from Tether and definitely do not HODL Tether for long periods of time. Update (May 2019): Bitfinex raised $1billion from Chinese investors to fully recoup their Tether imbalance. Still a lot of shadiness and lack of info surrounding that debacle but for now I won't rate it the worst rating.
Review Date: April 30, 2019 17:33:31
Really not a fan of Tron since its inception all the way to present day. They plagiarized a bunch of stuff for the project and their marketing is incredibly disingenuous. Their CEO Justin Sun is the scum of crypto with his hype/buzz filled marketing. That's the LAST thing we need in crypto after the long crypto winter. Recently Justin Sun tweeted about a "Liverpool partnership" and it turned out to just be some generic sales pitch that the Liverpool execs sent to a bunch of companies. The media and Crypto social media fell for it and then instantly people roasted Justin (deservedly so) when it was turned out to be way overhyped and not even a real partnership. Screw Justin, he will never become Vitalik (who he wishes he was). More info: https://cointelegraph.com/news/tron-ceo-justin-sun-hints-at-partnership-with-liverpool-fc